Dixi aka Katie Ots

I'm a Software Engineer at Facebook

Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected, and playing a part in that gives me the opportunity to impact on the lives of millions of people.  The computer programs I write can affect more than 1.4 billion people around the globe, which is a mind-boggling figure.

I work in a team that builds tools to help keep spam, malware, and other nasty things off Facebook.  Our system has to be able to handle more than 1 million requests every second, which makes for some interesting technical challenges.  We use functional programming in our fight against spam, which is my favourite coding style.  I co-founded a global group for women in functional programming called Lambda Ladies.  I am passionate about boosting the number of girls and women involved in technology.

I moved from Australia to London in the UK to work at Facebook, and also to spend time exploring Europe.  When I am AFK (away from keyboard), I enjoy travelling to new places, swing dancing and dressing up vintage style, putting a modern twist on looks from the 1940s and '50s.